The Happiness Project

I just finished reading The Happiness Project.
Have any of you read it?
Have you started your own Happiness Project?

The Happiness Project




The Happiness Project

by Gretchen Rubin





Gretchen Rubin wanted to change her life without changing her life. Meaning, she wanted to change her behaviors and attitudes while living in her life and surroundings. Wondering if a change would help her to be more happy she decided to start a Happiness Project. After spending a few months studying from books on happiness and reflecting on her life, she wrote up a list of personal resolutions that she wanted to work on to see if she indeed could be happier in her already pretty happy life. She spent one year working on her resolutions and writes candidly about herself, her insights, and her progress.

The topics of her resolutions were ~ Vitality, Marriage, Work, Parenthood, Leisure, Friendship, Money, Eternity, Books, Mindfulness, Attitude, Happiness.

Most of her resolutions are similar to the ones most of us are always trying to work on ourselves ~ Exercise more. Eat more nutritiously. Be more kind. Be more generous. Be more loving. Be more organized. Be more frugal. Be more forgiving. Be more patient. Serve others better. What makes this book great is that Rubin identified her resolutions, followed through on her plan, and assessed her progress at the end of each month. I really like her willingness to honestly look at herself and then write about it.

In this refreshing book, Rubin offers a few new insights and ideas, her writing style is light and pleasant with a good amount of interesting happiness trivia, and she treats us with some beautiful quotable passages like “cultivate a contented and thankful spirit” and “appreciate the glories of ordinary living.” I enjoyed this book but found it disheartening that she had to work so hard to be kind to her husband and children. On the other hand, I was glad that she recognized that change was needed and that she was willing to try to make the changes she desired. I really loved reading of her relationship with both sets of parents and the little things she does to keep them involved in her children’s lives.

Reading this book gave me a chance to take a look at my own habits and behaviors and relationships and to be reminded of the virtues that I am daily trying to work on that will help me to be more Christlike in my daily life. I think that is one of the purposes of this book ~ to look at where we are and where we want to be and to continue to move forward.

Give The Happiness Project a try.
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Then let me know your thoughts.

I hope you have a day filled with happiness.


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Mao’s Last Dancer
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I Am Potential
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2 Responses to The Happiness Project

  1. Haley @ The Saucy Apple December 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Hey Lori! Thanks for the sweet comment on The Blog Class page. I love stumbling upon new blogs, and yours is super chic. It’s actually serendipity because I just finished up my review post on The Happiness Project this morning, so I literally LOLed when I saw that you posted on this book just 10 days ago. Small world. 🙂

    • Lori December 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      Hello Haley ~ Thank you so much for looking at my blog and your comments. They made my day! It looks like we have blogging and reading in common. Hopefully, we can keep in touch through our blogs.

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